Katie Yoder works as the associate culture editor for the Media Research Center. As the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, Katie's coverage has been instrumental on a variety of issues in relation to the media including marriage, feminism, entertainment and religion, with a special focus on abortion. Katie has covered life issues from the March for Life and the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to the videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting of baby parts. Her work has received attention from numerous media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Times, EWTN, HLN, and One America News Network. Katie has spoken on these issues in both radio and TV appearances. Before her current position, Katie interned at The Heritage Foundation after graduating from the University of Virginia with a major in English and a minor in Foreign Affairs.

Latest from Katie Yoder
May 26, 2017, 11:51 AM EDT

It’s a rare day when both Fox News and NBC News positively cover the story of a courageous young Christian woman who refused abortion. But that’s exactly what just happened. Fox News, on Thursday night, and NBC News, on Friday morning, reported on the viral story of high-school senior Maddi Runkles. Although Runkles boasts a 4.0 average and even served as student council president, she was banned from “walking” at graduation by Heritage Academy, a private Christian school.

May 25, 2017, 12:45 PM EDT

The liberal media routinely refuse to show the American public abortion for what it is: the barbaric destruction of an unborn baby. But new undercover footage is filling that gap – and uncovering the gruesome practices committed by abortion industry.

May 24, 2017, 1:41 PM EDT

One abortion supporter is calling for post-abortive women to be central in today’s conversation about abortion. She’s right. On Saturday, The New York Times published an opinion piece with the headline “Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them.” 

May 24, 2017, 1:14 PM EDT

It’s a radical move for the media that positively spin abortion, but that isn’t stopping CBS: the network just covered the story of a pregnant teenager who refused abortion for her baby boy – no matter the cost. On Wednesday, CBS This Morning reported the story of high-school senior Maddi Runkles. Although Runkles boasts a 4.0 average and even served as student council president, she was banned from “walking” at graduation by Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland. 

May 22, 2017, 3:17 PM EDT

Despite seeing pushback from both sides, one pregnant high schooler is choosing life for her “little guy.” On Saturday, The New York Times Correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg profiled high school student Maddi Runkles in her piece “Pregnant at 18. Hailed by Abortion Foes. Punished by Christian School.” The story comes a month after the pro-life heroine delivered a moving speech about her unexpected pregnancy and decision to keep her unborn baby – no matter the cost.

May 19, 2017, 12:41 PM EDT

As sports evolves into a new political battleground, one star is standing out by making the world a better place. And, he’ll readily tell you, the credit goes to God. On Wednesday, former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow appeared on The Tonight Show to talk about his new career as a minor league baseball player as well as his book Know Who You Are. Live Life Like It Matters. And, together with host Jimmy Fallon, pulled off a prom dance to surprise one “amazing” girl with special needs.

May 18, 2017, 4:33 PM EDT

While the media readily report the U.S. “war on women” (think: abortion), they oddly refrain from covering the real war on women abroad – that of women tortured for their faith by terrorists like ISIS. Last week, Open Doors USA Advocacy Director Kristin Wright spoke with MRC Culture about the “underreported” Christian persecution worldwide and the media’s hesitancy to call it out as genocide. As she told the story of one Iraqi woman fleeing ISIS, she stressed that women even face a “double-persecution” in many countries.

May 12, 2017, 2:04 PM EDT

On Thursday, at the World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) warned of the growing threat to religious liberty worldwide and the lack of government and media action taken to confront it. Hosted by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Lankford joined global politicians, faith leaders and victims of persecution in the first-ever international summit to address the most pressing issues facing Christians abroad. In a press conference, the senator stressed the importance of awareness, calling the media’s reticence to use the word genocide “very disheartening.”

May 11, 2017, 12:59 PM EDT

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence condemned the horrifying “atrocities” committed against Christians “under siege” worldwide by “radical Islamic terrorists” as “genocide.” But will the broadcast networks report his comments – and, if so, will they finally use the word “genocide” themselves?

May 10, 2017, 11:30 AM EDT

Healthcare has gone to the dogs – or should, according to the head of America’s largest abortion provider. On Tuesday, Late Night host Seth Meyers invited Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on his show as a guest. During their time together, Meyers fawned over Richards as she bashed Congress over the impending healthcare bill and ironically worried about women’s “healthy” pregnancies.

May 9, 2017, 3:20 PM EDT

One of the (many) problems with the “pro-choice” movement is that it can’t stand others’ choices. Take, for example, a recent NYT op-ed against counting human persons as mere economic objects. From the feminist media’s foul-mouthed outrage, you’d almost think the writer was talking about killing babies. Oh wait. She was. 

May 8, 2017, 2:42 PM EDT

The media are getting political – and aren’t afraid to boast about it. At least when it comes to President Trump. On Saturday, GLAAD (formerly Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) hosted its 28th annual media awards ceremony in New York City. In addition to handing out 34 media awards, GLAAD featured media figures who focused their energy on attacking “very bad” President Trump – beginning with actress Debra Messing.

May 5, 2017, 4:48 PM EDT

As the majority of Hollywood races to defend America’s largest abortion provider, one big name couple is standing out by celebrating their unborn baby. On Thursday, Hollywood couple Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries) and Nikki Reed (Twilight) announced they are expecting their first baby together.

May 5, 2017, 3:32 PM EDT

When it comes to defending America’s largest abortion provider, Hollywood celebrities are appearing rather unoriginal. In a series of tweets leading up to and following the U.S. House vote to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) Thursday, celebrities from Katy Perry to Amy Schumer worried about the new legislation redirecting funding from Planned Parenthood. 

May 4, 2017, 2:50 PM EDT

Pope Francis was right when he warned that today’s “throwaway culture” applied even to human life. One example is just breaking American news – and it’s a disturbing one: a company is offering to insert parents’ “extra” embryos, from in vitro fertilization, into jewelry.

May 3, 2017, 3:36 PM EDT

The head of America’s largest abortion provider disagrees that it’s "difficult" to be both pro-life and a Democrat. But the actions of her and her organization say otherwise. Anchor Nicolle Wallace, filling in for Brian Williams during MSNBC’s 11th Hour last Wednesday, invited Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on-air as controversy swirled around the Democrat Party’s touted exclusion of the pro-life movement by DNC Chair Tom Perez.

May 2, 2017, 1:43 PM EDT

A federal case involving the FBI might be making U.S. history, but it’s not making the network news shows. The liberal media, who so frequently champion “women’s rights,” are still bypassing this latest human rights violation committed against little girls.

May 1, 2017, 12:35 PM EDT

Many in the media race to label conservatives fighting for the unborn as “extreme.” But when it comes time to report on liberals pushing for taxpayer-funded abortion or Democrat-mandated abortion support, the media refrain from name-calling and, oftentimes, from covering the story at all.

April 28, 2017, 5:01 PM EDT

In a Hollywood culture that so frequently mocks Christians and family, one star is standing out. Last weekend, Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In his acceptance speech, the 37-year-old actor first thanked God, before turning to his wife, actress Anna Faris, and son, Jack.

April 27, 2017, 5:40 PM EDT

Celebrating life and protecting the “little guy” should be a bipartisan goal, according to one senator. Speaking at Students for Life of America #SockIt2PP rally Wednesday, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)  affirmed the human dignity of the unborn as Congress considers defunding Planned Parenthood in debates over the upcoming federal budget.